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How To Participate and Prepare

There are many ways for individuals, businesses, schools, faith-based organizations, community groups, scouts, and others to participate in the ShakeOut. The links below have customized ideas for what you or your organization can do. Additional resources for your drill are also below.

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

Drill Manuals, Multimedia, Flyers, and many other resources are available for your use

Protect yourself during an earthquake: Drop, Cover, and Hold On!

America’s PrepareAthon! Earthquake Resources

Countdown to ShakeOut for Organizations (200 KB PDF): Simple steps to get ready for your drill

NEW! K-12 Schools Drill Planning, Educational, and Preparedness Resources
Benefits to Participating Businesses (PDF)
Options for Government Agency Participation and Outreach (PDF)
ShakeOut Social Media Messaging
College Registration Guidelines and Participation Resources
College participation resources customized for California

Recommended Earthquake Safety Actions (including situations when you cannot get beneath a table) (PDF | RTF)

Updated! Earthquake Preparedness Guide for People with Disabilities and Other Access or Functional Needs (8 pages) (PDF | RTF)

Updated! Key Earthquake Safety Tips for People with Disabilities and Other Access or Functional Needs (2 pages) (PDF | RTF)

Earthquake and Tsunami DAFN Preparedness Video (Sign Language and Open Captioned)

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Communication Drill

A great step for after your "Drop, Cover, and Hold On" drill is to practice how to communicate with family, friends, and co-workers. Texting first before making phone calls is highly recommended. Learn more from ShakeOut partner Safe America Foundation and their "Text First. Talk Second." campaign, including how to hold a texting drill.

Tsunami Awareness and Preparedness

ALL California should learn about tsunamis, even those who live far inland (they may visit the beach!). Visit the California Geological Survey's Tsunami Webpage to learn more.

Near the coast? Learn how to include a Tsunami drill in your ShakeOut plans (PDF)

©2018 SCEC Southern California Earthquake Center @ USC
The Great California ShakeOut Step 1: Secure it now! Step 2: Make a plan Step 3: Make disaster kits Step 4: Is your place safe? Step 5: Drop, Cover, and Hold On Step 6: Check it out! Step 7: Communicate and recover!